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Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers
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In an educational era defined by large school campuses and overcrowded classrooms, it is easy to overlook the era of one-room schools, when teachers filled every role, including janitor, and provided a familylike atmosphere in which children also learned from one another. In Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers, William Lynwood Montell reclaims an important part of Kentucky’s social, cultural, and educational heritage, assembling a fun and fascinating collection of schoolroom stories that chronicle a golden era in Kentucky. The firsthand narratives and anecdotes in this collection cover topics such as teacher-student relationships, day-to-day activities, lunchtime foods, students’ personal relationships, and, of course, the challenges of teaching in a one-room school. Montell includes tales about fund-raising pie suppers, pranks, outrageous student behavior (such as the quiet little boy whose first “sharing” involved profanity), and variety of other topics. Montell even includes some of his own memories from his days as a pupil in a one-room school. Tales from Kentucky One-Room School Teachers is a delightful glimpse of the history of education.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. TItle Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter 1 Initial Teaching Years
  2. pp. 7-48
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  1. Chapter 2 Teaching Methods and Philosophy
  2. pp. 49-64
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  1. Chapter 3 Bad Boys and Girls
  2. pp. 65-72
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  1. Chapter 4 Vignettes of One-Room Schoolhouse Life
  2. pp. 73-120
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  1. Chapter 5 Disciplining Students
  2. pp. 121-143
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  1. Chapter 6 Daily Activities
  2. pp. 144-173
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  1. Chapter 7 Outhouses
  2. pp. 174-177
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  1. Chapter 8 Getting to and from School
  2. pp. 178-191
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  1. Chapter 9 Teacher and Community Relations
  2. pp. 192-210
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  1. Chapter 10 Students with Special Needs
  2. pp. 211-217
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  1. Chapter 11 Before and After Consolidation
  2. pp. 218-239
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  1. Chapter 12 Home Life of Students
  2. pp. 240-249
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 250-252
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  1. Biographies of Storytellers
  2. pp. 253-285
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  1. Index of Stories by County
  2. pp. 287-293
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